DENVER — Colorado's health department has ordered the shutdown of more lifestyle businesses statewide because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hair and nail salons, massage studios, tattoo parlors and racetrack betting facilities will be closed through at least April 30, adding to the list of “nonessential services” that already included dining rooms in bars and restaurants, breweries, wineries, gyms, casinos and theaters.
There are exceptions to the rules including businesses inside Denver International Airport and gyms inside apartment buildings, if the building owner chooses to keep the facility open.
The order from the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) went into effect Thursday, the same day Gov. Jared Polis banned "non-essential" medical procedures, including surgeries.
Polis had already ordered ski areas and schools in Colorado to close, as officials try to drive home the need to practice social distancing to reduce the novel coronavirus' impact in the state.
CDPHE again on Thursday compelled Coloradans to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the disease.
"Increasingly, cities and counties, including some in Colorado, are issuing stricter social distancing orders than those that currently are in place in Colorado. The stricter orders mean everyone must stay home, except for certain essential activities. The terms of such orders could vary by location. More restrictive orders are a more aggressive approach intended to enforce social distancing and keep people at home to limit disease spread," a press release said.
The department also reinforced the need to self-quarantine if someone has close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive. People who have either a confirmed case of the coronavirus or symptoms of it are urged to isolate themselves:
Self-isolation is for people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and means staying away from others until 7 days have passed since the symptoms began and until any fever has been gone for 72 hours and all other symptoms are improving.
Self-quarantine is for people who don’t have symptoms but are close contacts of people who have symptoms. It means staying away from others for 14 days to see if one becomes ill. People who become ill with COVID-19 symptoms (even early symptoms) while self-quarantining then start the self-isolation period.
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